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Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Tue May 4 20:52:16 CEST 2004

On Tue, 4 May 2004, Don Christensen wrote:

> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> ...
> > my first simple thought was to 
> > make the settings panel responsible for selecting the random image from 
> > the list file.
> ...
> Is it possible to place some sort of "hook" into the settings manager
> mechanism such that when xfdesktop requests a background image, the
> settings manager selects (and remembers, at least for the duration of
> the running instance) a random image?  This would require the ability
> for the settings manager (or would it be xfce-mcs-manager?) to be able
> to calculate a response to a read request from an app rather than
> returning a static value.

that's the problem, actually.  all communication with xfce-mcs-manager 
is one-way.  the client apps (e.g., xfdesktop) can say "hey mcs manager, 
gimme the setting named X in channel Y," but that's basically all it can 
do.  building in a hook/callback mechanism would be a bit of an 
undertaking, and probably not worth the effort.  hopefully 
xfce-mcs-manager will go away in favor of something DBUS-based for xfce 
4.4 anyway.

at any rate, it seems to work fine just setting a property on the root 
window in xfdesktop and reading the property in the mcs plugin, so i see 
no need to mess with it.


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